Chris Christie: Donald Trump should ‘go back to Mar-a-Lago and retire’ if he skips GOP debate
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'If ... he’s scared to confront me, why do we want him confronting Vladimir Putin?'

Donald Trump has confirmed plans to forgo participating in the Republican presidential debate next week. Some have posited it’s out of fear of facing one of the GOP field’s sharpest debaters, former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.

Provided that’s the case, Christie said, the former President should just call it quits now.

“If he’s not tough enough and honest enough and smart enough to stand on the same stage with me and debate these issues, then it’s time to go back to Mar-a-Lago and retire,” he said.

“If it’s true and he doesn’t show up on Wednesday night because he’s scared to confront me, why do we want him confronting Vladimir Putin? Why do we want him confronting President Xi (Jinping) of China? Why do we want him confronting Kim Jong Un in North Korea?”

Christie’s comments came Friday during a two-hour campaign stop in South Miami hosted by Miami’s Community News. Answering questions from attendees, the former federal prosecutor repeatedly lashed out at Ron DeSantis over a leaked memo advising Florida’s Governor to defend Trump from Christie’s criticism during the debate.

To be taken seriously as candidates, he said, those running for the Republican nomination must cease being sycophantic to the former President, who now faces criminal charges in Florida, Georgia, New York and Washington, D.C.

“They’re all wiggling around trying to act like this is normal. Let me say, everybody, by Wednesday night, the front-runner of our party is going to be out on bail in four different jurisdictions. … When are we going to stop pretending that this is normal?” he said.

“You listen to some of the candidates in this race, you would think Donald Trump is Voldemort from the Harry Potter books, he who shall not be named. They don’t even want to talk about it.”

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  • Earl Pitts American

    August 18, 2023 at 12:34 pm

    Good afternoon America,
    We at the research division of The Earl Pitts American Fan Club are very busy determining who funded Christy to come in and play the spoiler.
    So far we are focused on the evil entities below:
    1.) China
    2.) The Lincoln Project
    3.) The DNC
    4 ) A combination of 2 & 3 above
    5.) A combination of 1, 2, & 3 above
    We will get back to you with the results.
    Thank you America,
    Earl Pitts “America’s Go To Political Guru” American

    • Silly Wabbit

      August 18, 2023 at 9:28 pm

      You kwazy.

    • Michael F

      August 18, 2023 at 10:36 pm

      I gave him money…the rest of the field are pathetic losers who are afraid of Trump…

  • Joe

    August 18, 2023 at 1:19 pm

    All pro-Trump RepubliQans are KKKowards and liars.

  • PeterH

    August 18, 2023 at 1:21 pm

    Floridians are hoping the DeSantis Klown Klan retires to Iowa!

  • Tjb

    August 18, 2023 at 2:27 pm

    Little Donnie is hiding behind Tucker’s skirt. He is afraid of the big boys in the stage.
    Thank god that Donnie wears diaper, or the floor would be wet.

  • Thinker

    August 18, 2023 at 3:09 pm

    I love how logical Christie is in his assessments of Trump and DeSantis. He hit the nail on the head that DeSantis should leave his “anti-woke” behavior at home. Instead of the statement “Read the Room,” DeSantis should read his state. Disney pays a great deal in taxes, supports small businesses through tourism, and makes many million children happy. The entire Bud Light thing is also ridiculous as is his interference with trained teachers in the classroom. He is a dictator “wannabe” who should be spending his time on real state issues not personal pet peeves that take away personal freedoms. His stance on immigrants is also harmful to the state, as it is on the backs of hard-working immigrants that our citrus industry thrives as well as many others. I like the way Christie thinks.

  • My Take

    August 18, 2023 at 5:33 pm

    Trump —
    Former Guy

    Ànd about my favorite:
    “White-House Evictee”

  • JD

    August 18, 2023 at 6:03 pm

    Everywhere we look, the Republicans are lazy, losers, and liars.

    They just cannot help themselves and is the reason every one of their accusations are admissions of guilt.

    America and the independents have “woke”n up. Your FLGOP dominance is done in the next 2 election cycles because you all went too far.

  • My Take

    August 18, 2023 at 11:51 pm

    Trumpy’s mugshot as a screen saver?
    If it doesn’t have Beagle Boys prisoner numbers undèr the chin we can always add some.

  • My Take

    August 19, 2023 at 12:20 am

    Trumpy’s mugshot as a screen saver?
    If it doesn’t have a& Beagle Boys prisoner number undèr the chin we can always add some.
    An attuned Yàrďbìrd

  • Sonja Fitch

    August 19, 2023 at 4:06 am

    Chris Christie a hero? Dear God let him stick it to Trump and DeSantis !

  • Dont Say FLA

    August 19, 2023 at 4:17 pm

    Trump already did go to Maga Lardo to retire.

    No comprendo why the losing freak show is back on the scene.

    I assume, as Trump promised, GOP voters did get tired of winning

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